Today, Rosebud is enjoying the wonderful outdoors by laying on our back deck. She loves to smell the scents around her and feel the breeze ruffle her fur. Buddy, our Golden Retriever before Rosebud, used to do the exact same thing as Rosebud is doing.
Last year at this time, supposedly we had more snow, but I don’t think that it was this cold!!! Right now it is -11 real feel. WAY TOO COLD!!! And I will probably end up taking Rosebud out to the bathroom. Brrrrr! Anyway, flurries are coming down, and this is unpredicted snow, it is slowly accumulating. We want the snow but not the cold. We can’t even play outside because it is way to cold (-11)! Rosebud is going to have to get her energy out some other way, because I am not staying out there with her, and she is not staying out there either. Yep, just checked the radar map, this is TOTALLY unpredicted snow. Not that I am complaining, I want tons and tons of snow. So deep it is AT LEAST up to my knee’s! Rosebud would be pretty much so buried, not her head maybe, but she is like a little taller than my knee’s.
Dear Dog Lovers,
The other day we were in Office Max to get some office supplies and I found this product called a D-Link. You can hook it up to your Ethernet or wireless internet and then you download an app, put the D-Link where you want to watch your pet or baby, and you can watch them and see what they are doing when you are gone!
Here is a picture of it:
Pretty simple to set up, it took a little bit, but now we can use it. Granted, Rosebud is in her kennel whenever we are gone, but we will get to see what she does in there! Here is the website: www.mydlink.com. You can purchase them at stores like Office Max and Best Buy.
I have now learned that there is two different types of Golden Retriever coats. Field and Show. Rosebud has a Field coat. I know why also. She has champion hunting skills because her mom and dad are both world class champions. Show Coats are much fuller. Rosebud still has her puppy coat and does not have her adult coat.
We met a Show Coat Golden Retriever. He looked so different from Rosebud! Show coats are much thicker and heavier. Whereas Rosebud has a very short coat. She is very curly too!
Field coats probably are more waterproof. Because if your dog is in the fields hunting or something then they will most likely be more waterproof coats. I may not be correct about that though!
Since last Wednesday to Monday, we were at the river. My grandpa and grandma have a cabin and my aunt and uncle do also. I love the river and so does Rosebud. She was whooped every single night. Two times, she got to go to the sandbar and ran around so much and swam a lot too! Then back at our docks, she got to get in and swim like three times or something. One time, she actually crawled up the regular ladder to get out of the river! Plus she got a walk pretty much every day! She had plenty of exercise while we were there. I played on the sandbar with her. She is absolutely hilarious! She sticks her head and half her neck under the water and, well, seems like she is “sniffing” around under there. She stays under for like 10 seconds! I love her playful antics! She is so wonderful. She is indeed a water dog and she is so great at being one.
The other day my mom suggested that I teach Rosebud to go down this baby slide that we have. I took it up and used treats and in a few minutes, she learned to go down the slide!
This is how I taught her:
1. Have treats
2. Get her to place her paws up on the slide, she knows the command up and that helps! You can use a command or a treat lure.
3. Put the treat down on the slide to encourage your dog to get towards the treat.
4. Your dog will end up sliding down the slide!
Yes, it was pretty simple and Rosebud is starting to learn it on a command.
Cleopatra and Rosebud
As you know, you can buy a champion, usually, puppy from a breeder. Or you can go down the path of adopting. There are some puppies, but mostly adults at the shelters. You can go to PetFinder.com and many other adoption sites to find the dog that you are looking for. Some of the dog’s may have special needs, such as deaf, blind or others. You can still love the dog and give it a caring home even though it has a disability. If you do not want one with special needs, there are a lot that do not have one.
It is not a bad thing to not want to adopt. We did not with Rosebud. We bought her with her champion bloodlines and awesome pedigree. But before her, we had a wonderful rescue Golden Retriever named Buddy. We adopted him from the Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue on March 1, 2010. He was the best dog. Not that Rosebud isn’t though. But he was laid back, gentle, obedient, and super sweet. He loved to go on walks and play. When we got him, the dad had dropped him off on a Friday night and my mom and brother went down on that following Monday and he was just a perfect match. When he got to our house, his new home, he acted like he lived there for his whole life. Then, one day in early 2013, like February, he got out and got into something. We went and got him and then took him to the vet. He was fine. The vet took an x-ray and we went to a fish fry with our older sister and mom and dad. Before we left, mom looked sad but said that we’ll talk about it later. When we got back, my dad went to a game, so it was just us and Buddy. Mom took us to the living room with Buddy and told us that he had cancer. It was in the tumor in his armpit on his left side. I started to cry. I laid there with Buddy as mom explained it. She said that it could be any time. That made me even sadder. We watched a movie in my mom and dad’s room and me and my sister drew pictures of Buddy with us. The next morning, Buddy was telling us that it was time. He couldn’t go down the steps, he kept getting up and going to the door. I let him in and out like five times. He curled up on his rug. My mom called the vet. It was scheduled, 10:30 a.m. we were going to say goodbye to our loving companion. It was sad and the vet showed us the x-ray and then we put dear Buddy to sleep on February 23, 2013. We got him cremated and we have his ashes.
It is a wonderful thing to do to adopt a dog from a rescue.
Cleopatra and Rosebud